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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. here's are the stories we're following for you. homeless and helpless, survivors of typhoon haiyan receiving help but much more is needed. >> is it going to take another three and a half years to get this straighten out. >> the high tech guys go before congress about the botched roll out of the affordable care act. and fall out from education to the economy. >> days after typhoon haiyan tore through the philippines the crisis there is growing deeper.
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the death toll now stands at 2,344. another 3800 people were injured in that storm. and 79 people are still listed as missing. al jazeera has more on haiyan's tragic aftermath. >> reporter: there are so many casualties in tacloban the main hospital has no time to deal with the dead. patients still come while doctors and nurses take a rare break. they work long hours since the typhoon struck. the storm destroy it's main generator. >> the ground floor was flooded so we have to bring the present patients on the second floor. but the roof are all destroyed. when it rains it leaks, but it's the only available space to keep the patient dry and safe. >> reporter: a small donated generator is enough to power one light bulb in the operating
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theater which is in great need of a clean. despite the many challenges the hospital hasn't stopped taking patients. all things considered this small hospital is coping remarkably well. the concern is that the health situation could be about to get a lot worse. in many areas a cleanup is far from beginning. debris lines the streets and in some cases the only place for a wash is the water in the harbor, which is not clean. and survivors aren't getting the basic needs to stay healthy like food and water. >> for the next week we're expecting influx of patients with typhoon-related diseases like diarrhea, pneumonia.
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>> reporter: with the pain and misery, though, there are good stories. babies born in the aftermath of haiyan are crammed in the hospital's chapel which has been transformed into a nursery. and furs and mothers reflect on their other deal of living through the storm. >> with we're alive. >> but survive did he, and a few days later their baby was born. >> in just a few minutes we'll talk to representatives from doctors without borders. they'll till us about th tell us on the ground. at home, then were called to capitol hill and they faced tough questions from the house committee who want to know when the site is going to be fixed, and what went wrong in the first place. lisa, what was the mood like at
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the hearing and did the conversation get a little testy? >> reporter: there were testy exchanges, as you can imagine, and i would say that the administration officials, the chief technology administration officials were on the hot seat again today as they have been the last couple of weeks. one of those exchanges was between florida representative john micah, and henry chow, one of the top technology officers to the center for medicare and medicaid services. listen in. >> obamacare was not ready from an i.t. operational and also from a security standpoint for primetime on october b 1s. were you aware of it? >> i was aware that there-- >> that was no high-- >> i said from an operational. >> i'm just trying to answer
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your question. >> a lot of questions like that. mr. chow and others from the administration insist they're working around the clock to fix the website. they couldn't say for certain whether it would be fixed and up and running by the end of the month as the white house promised, but 20 to 25,000 people can be on the website at one time. half of where they want it to be. >> lisa, if there was a theme from today's hearings, it was cybersecurity. new concerns in that arena? >> that is a new concern that has been raised. there has been some potential cyberattention. there will be a lot of personal information on the website. those who testified from asked were enough security checks done? i don't think lawmakers got the answers they were looking for. i think that remains an open question. >> lisa stark joining us from capitol hill. thank you very much. in an hour and a half president obama set to speak to tribal
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leaders. they're in washington to discuss several important issues including education, healthcare and protecting native lands. more than a dozen cabinet secretaries are going to be at that meeting. why is this event so significant? >> well, president obama has been having these white house tribal nation conferences for five years. this sort of thing just wasn't happening. oftentimes when the federal government talked to tribes, tribes felt it was a talking down to, rather than face-to-face meetings where they could have an conversation. the white house is trying to change that and they've established a council on native american affairs. but many officials acknowledge that there are painful past that is have to be made up for. >> today, today we declare that we must never forget, we must
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never deny the injustice that for decades upon decades was inflicted on native peoples. we affirm that this painful past has risen to self determination. >> attorney general eric holder addressed violence in indian country something very important to many tribal leaders. to give a sense of how bad things can be. half native american women are raped, sexually assaulted, stalked. these are ten times the national average. these are things that people are talking about in both open sessions and behind closed doors. >> what else is on the minds of these tribal leaders as they meet with the president? >> with we've all been watching what congress has been doing over the past couple of months. the government shutdown, it has impacted indian country severely.
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across the board cuts known as sequestration have cut deeply in tribal budget. just making sure that reservations and tribal lands are safe. president obama had a sitdown with about a dozen tribal leaders at the white house, and something else that came up, the name of the redskins. one of the representatives of the onieda nation in new york state appreciated that president obama lent his voice of support of trying to get that washington, d.c. football name changed. president obama does not have a say over that, but tribal leaders say he does have say over a host of other issues that they want to hear from him speaking about today. >> thank you very much. whitey bulger did not talk today, but the relatives of his victims did. they said that he should spend the rest of his life in prison and that means he would die behind bars. we have more on what was a gripping day in court, and those victim has a lot to say.
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>> reporter: well, they did, del, and they've been waiting many years to say it. he was also an fbi informant. he was accused of 19 murders but convicted of 11. many of the victims' family members who were here to speak to bulger were children of those victims, and many of them were some were babies, and some were teenagers when their parents and in some cases their uncles were taken from them. they had hoped that they would hear something from bulger that he would address them and the court, offer an apology or some sort of an explanation, but bulger chose not to, and his attorney explained why. >> from his perspective he did not receive a fair trial because he was not able to put forward everything that he could have told about the corruption and about the immunity agreement he
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had reached with the federal prosecutor. the trial became a chapel in his mind as a result. he did not want to validate the trial by participating directly or indirectly through us in the sentencing process. >> diane, whitey bulger now-- >> the hearing will continue to mark-- >> i was going to say whitey bulger now 84 years old regardless of what sentence he receives, he will spent the rest of his life behind bars. but what type of time is he looking at? >> well, that's hard to say. he's looking at understand the sentencing guidelines he's looking at life, and its likely he'll spend the rest of his life behind bars. he's 85 years old. it sounds like that's the sentence he's going to get, life plus five years.
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>> diane, thank you very much. than is yet another confession coming from toronto's embattled's mayor ford telling city council that he bought illegal drugs, and he has previously confessed to smoking crack cocaine but only when a video shows him doing such. >> i'm not a drug addict. have i drank? is have i done drugs? yes, i have. i have not missed a day and i've one of the best attend records ever. so i'm not going anywhere. >> and mayor ford insisting he'll run for re-election next year. secretary of state john kerry is set to speak concerning iran and it's nuclear program. secretary kerry returning from
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geneva speaking to a committee meeting behind closed doors. we are following that story and will bring you the details as it becomes available. in iraq many shiite muslims are taking part of ceremonies that mark the death of iman hussein, a key figure in shiit a islam. they punish themselves in guilt over the imam's death. and a statue getting set for a makeover. it was a journey 102 years in the making. >> i heard the word life, but i didn't understand that meant i was gonna die in prison... >> could a landmark ruling
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give him a second chance? >> my day will come... >> a controversial special report... >> i was completely re-traumatized by the fear of this offender... >> locked up for life america tonight 9 eastern, tonight, on al jazeera america.
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>> from our headquarters in new york, here are the headlines this hour. >> al jazeera america is the only news channel that brings you live news at the top of every hour. >> a deal in the senate may be at hand and just in the nick of time. >> thousands of new yorkers are marching in solidarity. >> we're following multiple developments on syria at this hour. >> every hour from reporters stationed around the world and across the country. >> only on al jazeera america. >> badge to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. here is your headlines.
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i.t. tech guys testified before the white house committee. and white hosting a conference of native american leaders with a number of topics on the agenda including increasing violence on native american lands. >> the death toll after the typhoon haiyan, 2300 is the death toll so far. and joining us now, medical director with doctors without borders, and there is a desperate need for doctors and medical supplies. >> we're hearing they're in the phase of set up and initial assessment. we have coming into cebu we have
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about 70 doctors and asorted personnel arriving on the site and starting to do initial assessments by helicopter in various places around tacloban. >> therwe've told that the stenf d.t. is just about everything. as a doctor and physician you have to be concerned about the outbreak of decease, how concerned are you that this situation is going to get worse. >> the disease that we see in the aftermath are diarrhea diseases, people don't have access to clean water. and respiratory illnesses as well as people group together and refugees are just trying to find shelter, that disease can
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be spread from one to another. >> is there a clock that rescue workers have to be aware of. in other words, if things don't change quickly what happens next? >> there is a clock. one has to do with the availability of clean water and food. one of the clocks ticking is malnutrition for children. >> how much time? >> it could be days, two or three days without proper new relinquishment. in the young irchildren they develop malnutrition and by a week it can be much more severe. >> doctor, there is always a sense that when doctors without border, when journalists go into places like this they are always okay. how difficult is it for your team to work in an environment like we're seeing in the philippines right now? what do they have? what don't they have? >> what they do have is experience. and the experience has allowed them to learn how to focus their
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attention on what needs to be done in the response setting. it's difficult to avoid what people living there have to confront, people with dead bodies severe lack of supplies, food, and the misery that people are having to listen through every day that can have an impact on healthcare workers. >> a lot has been said about soldiers coming back from war and coming with distress. does it happen wit with doctors? >> yes, it does happen. we've set up a system back in the home countries here in new york, for example, where you have an ability to talk with someone and talk with a psychiatrist and address some of
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the things from this situation. >> what do you tell your workers there? how do they stay safe? >> what we it will them is to follow our normal guidelines being out in the field, making sure that you drink water that is safe, that is provided for you. eat food, be aware of your surroundings. you know, security wellness is not usually--probably not a big issue, making sure that we know where we're going, and we use the work that we do as kind of protecting ourselves. >> briefly before you go how can people help? who should she contact? >> the best way to contribute to doctors without borders go to www.doctorswithoutborders.org , and if you would like to contribute money you can do that from the website it is. >> thank you for being with us today. >> thank you.
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>> an iconic statue in the state of illinois getting a makeover, but this is a happy ending that almost didn't happen. we explain the last chapter i in the saga of black hawk. >> up on the bluff stands a proud tribute to native americans. the eternal indian or black hawk statutstatstatue represents thef a man de parting from his homeland. >> it really is an area of illinois, i would say the only area of illinois that really celebrates it's native heritage. >> reporter: from a distance the statue's majesty is unmistakennible. but upon closer examination, the effects of a century of harsh
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winters can be observed. frank and sharon of nearby sterling, illinois, decided five years ago that something had to be done it preserve the local landmark. >> it's visited by approximately 400,000 people each year. everyone who has driven along 201 has a black hawk story. everyone has been there and seen it. it's truly a landmark. >> the two spearheaded the mission to raise funds to restore the statue. >> we can get busy and talk to people, go to rotaries and women's clubs and go to churches and just start a campaign to get the money, maybe we can do it. and we just said okay. >> and that's what they did, penny from school children and then securing grants and even a
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contribution from the chicago blackhawks. with the money raised the plan for restoration has begun. because the statue is listed on the national register of historic places it must be restored using materials as close to the original as possible. >> we'll be pulling samples and sending them to a photograph for look closely at what those materials are so we can help with the engineer and design with materials that matches and is compatible with the other materials. >> reporter: now in their 70s, they have able to see their goal in sight. >> we've done our part, and it's tremendous. >> reporter: preserving the ailing at the eternal indian and
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his significance for years to come. >> israel has adoesn'tly spended plans to build more than 20,000 settlements in the west bank. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is saying it would cause in his words unnecessary friction. palestinian leaders ha had objed to that construction. >> it means that everything that the united states has planned isn't working. to hold israel responsible for the collapse of the negotiations. >> the plan calls for 4,000 new settlements in jerusalem and 1200 east of the city. if you know anyone who wants to be a princess, a disney princesses, good news, christies has one that it's fit for a living prison sens princesses cn
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>> on wall street a big turn around for your stocks after being down for most of the session. now the dow in positive territory, rising 24 point in this hour. and janet yellen will reaffirm her support at the confirmation hearings tomorrow. and maci's retailing bringing good news with strong third quarter earnings. the company said those gains came despite what it called a tepid economic climate. starbucks said it will report a fourth quarter loss of more than $2 billion. this after losing it's contract dispute with kraft foods. starbucks violated its agreement with kraft to supply it's grows which stores with coffee. starbucks was ordered to pay
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$2 billion in damages. >> meteorologist: i'm meteorologist dave warren, it's cold but that's it. this is an actual hinge. image. maybe one or two snow makes in new york. with lake affect snow. and that cold air coming ove ovr the warm waters of the great lakes with snow in a few areas. now we'll go southeast looking at frees temperatures and that cold air is in place. farther west its warming up. the warm air returns and this is where we could find a few clouds and maybe even a shower. one or two places getting rain in idaho, wyoming and montana.
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you get this well, big warm up, but the cold air is still stuck in place. all the way south to atlanta and new england the temperatures are in for a cold start again tomorrow morning. there will be some improvement as far as warmer weather goes. not seeing that now temperatures at 35 in new york. barely above freezing and certainly not touching 40 degrees today. there is that lake affect snow with the radar. some areas did get some inches of snow in western pennsylvania but only one or two places. you see that often this time of year when you see cold arctic shots of air. now the temperatures will warm up a little bit. 54 on friday. this is new york, it holds true for washington, d.c. a few degrees warmer each day. we're getting close to 60 by the weekend. as the warm air comes back there is a temperatures of 65 degrees.
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farther south here are the temperatures now. 50 in alabama, 48 degrees in atlanta. and about to hit the freezing mark for the first time this season. we see the skies clear and temperatures drop tonight. freeze warnings in affect. that means the actual air tempt will hit 32 degrees and you may want to bring plants inside if you want to keep their growing season a little longer. toltomorrow morning it's cold bt then it gets a little warmer every day for the rest of the week. >> a virtual heat warming. valentino and oscar di day la republican at a gas on tail. it will help a children's hospital in london. go online and start your
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